Big Day Out 2017

The Big Day Out event is cancelled for 2016.

The Big Day Out is a music festival held in New Zealand and Australia each year at various cities at the same time. The festival was started in 1992 with a well-known rock band called Violent Femmes along with Nirvana who led the show which was staged in Sydney. Over the years it spread to different cities over Australia and New Zealand and since 1994, the Big Day Out was being held in quite a few cities featuring several internationally renowned bands covering a wide genre of music.

History of the Big Day Out

  • This festival was first held in 1992 at Sydney and the headline act was performed by Violent Femmes.
  • Rock band Nirvana also played that year and a lucky coincidence was that they had just released a successful album Nevermind a few months earlier, which largely contributed to the success of the festival that year.
  • 1993 ushered in the addition of Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne as hosts of the Big Day Out.
  • From 1994 onwards, the festival began to include cities like the Gold Coast, and Auckland as well, over a period of three weeks.
  • Over the years, the Big Day Out gained so much popularity that the festival began to be booked 12 months in advance.
  • Today, the Big Day Out has become woven into the very fabric of the Australian Rock culture and artistes take pride in being able to perform at that venue.

Facts about the Big Day Out

  • The Big Day Out is today a much looked-forward-to musical event in the Australian cultural calendar.
  • This music festival has also had its share of violence and fatalities. There have been a few cases of “Mosh Pit” deaths over the years.
  • There were also deaths on account of drug abuse which is not uncommon in this kind of rock festival.
  • The Big Day Out has featured some world-famous artistes and bands such as Rammstein, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Neil Young.
  • This year, New Zealand has declared its inability to sustain this festival any more on grounds of financial difficulties.
  • There are several albums available, named year-wise, which have been produced by the Big Day Out.

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